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“Innocent Until Proven Guilty” mixed media shadow-box 18″ x 12″ x 6.”  Created for the invitational exhibition “Gun Control” at 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios in Detroit, MI.

Here’s a photo of the final piece before the glass and frame went on.  I’ll show you some of the steps along the way.

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An early sketch before I’d decided on the line-up and redrew the character in the ski mask.

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After adding color to the characters, cutting them out, and inking all of their edges, I added some paper armature to the backs to keep them rigid.  This also gave me more material to tie into for the paper ‘posts’ attaching them to the background.

GCribWebI pulled out an old trick for the numbers.  I wanted them clean and well spaced, and done by hand.  The matte board was too thick for a light box, so I printed out the numbers and made a carbon-transfer with pencil; shading in the reverse of the print and drawing the contours on to the board.

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I made a digital version (from the hand-drawn characters) and there are  prints for sale!

Thanks for checking out my work, and check out what they’re up to at 555!

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Making his blog debut, verge speaks to you of 爱.

Ai (愛) is used as a verb (e.g., Wo ai ni, “I love you”) or as a noun, especially in aiqing (愛情), “love” or “romance.” airen (愛人) originally “lover,” or more literally, “love person” is the dominant word for “spouse.”

The center of the traditional chinese character for love (愛) is heart (心), the simplified character 爱 is made only from the surrounding character, meaning “accept,” “feel,” or “perceive.”

Verge is happy to live in Alabama, Australia, California, Florida, Italy, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Virginia, and Washington State.

If you’d like to invite Verge to your place, you can get ahold of him here:
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Sometimes a life-sized piano-grilled toy robot wants to share its love so badly it is willing to risk piloting a child’s tricycle in order to bring it to you.

Despite what you may assume from that innocent face, this robot has been around the block.  I added the piano key smile in honor of the musical mayhem of Portland’s own Solovox and a round of his flyers.  Stumptown Underground included Hot-Wheeling Robot Love in their 8th issue “Everybody do the Robot”, and good: a gallery asked him to announce their first robot_love exhibit.

This is the kind of brilliance that’s possible with two Art Directors; one that designs beautiful promotions for the best talent in town, and one who is seven years old.

hot-wheeling robot love

Prints, stretched canvas, device skins and shirts available on Society6, Shirts and stickers on RedBubble

I’ve long admired the work of Matthew Billington.  I first came across his unique illustration and design style on Society6, and have kept a happy eye on it since.

The temptation to mix sources and styles is seldom as rewarded as it is in Billington’s collage of text and image, vintage and modern, bringing anxiety and comfort into balance.  His work can be found in editorial and advertising around the world, and as luck would have it, in your home.